If you’ve watched the
CyberWise Guide to Twitter
, thenyou already know Twitter is an online “mini-blogging” (aka“microblogging”) communications tool that lets you sendand receive messages of up to 140 characters instantly.These messages are called tweets; here is an example of one from our Twitter username, @becyberwise.When Twitter ﬁrst launched in July 2006, it was like instant messagingwith a mega-phone that allowed people to send short mundane mes-sages such as “I just ate breakfast” or “headed out to the store” to letfolks know what they were doing at an exact moment. Other thanyoung adopters of social networking technologies such as teens, mostadults were turned off by this “silliness” and the growth of Twitter stalled.Despite this slow start, Twitter eventually established itself as a useful,powerful tool to create and share information for individuals, groups,large conventional news organization (such as CNN, Reuters, The NewYork Times) and global outlets (such as the BBC and international aid or-ganizations). It has mobilized communication for social movementsTwitter has quickly gained worldwide popularity, with over 250 “tweets”posted daily. According to Katie Stanton, Vice President of International Strategy at Twitter, there are now more than200 million Twitter accounts worldwide…more than 70%of Twitter trafﬁc comes from outside the US, and roughly25% of all tweets come from Japan (Halliday, 2011].
What is Twitter?
Twitter is now growing at a mind-boggling 2,565 percent. Intotal, it reached more than 13 million people in the U.S. dur-ing the month of March 2012 alone – and that’s just on its web-site (i.e. – not counting clients like TweetDeck or Seesmic Desk-top). What’s a “client”? It’s a tool for adding content, monitor-ing content and conversations.
such as the Egyptian uprising in early 2011, and many others beforeand since.